Israel's Peres rejects Gaza cease-fire, denies re-occupation

Israeli President Shimon Peres on Sunday rejected the possibility of a cease-fire as Israeli forces invaded the Gaza Strip but denied Israel would occupy Gaza.

Israel's Peres rejects Gaza cease-fire, denies re-occupation
"We don't intend neither to occupy Gaza nor to crush Hamas, but to crush terror. And Hamas needs a real and serious lesson. They are now getting it," Peres said in an interview on the ABC News program "This Week."

Peres, "Nobel Peace Prize winner", also rejected the chances of a cease-fire to bring a halt to Israeli violence.

"We shall not accept the idea that Hamas will continue to fire and we shall declare a cease-fire. It does not make any sense," Peres said.

Leading U.S. lawmakers, interviewed on U.S. news talk shows, strongly backed Israel's violence. These included the top Democrat and top Republican in the U.S. Senate.

Peres added, "We were careful. We restrained. We waited."

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